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Mindy Cook

Paralympian 2021

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Mindy Cook saving a goalball shot attempt with one hand
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Celina, OH


Ohio State University

  • Daughter of Bill and Jill Cook
  • Has two siblings, Lee and Kelsey

  • Works full-time as a contracting officer for the federal government, buying equipment to fulfill the nation’s military missions.
  • Diagnosed with aniridia, a rare genetic condition in which the iris does not develop in the eye
  • Got involved in goalball in 2016 when a co-worker invited her to a goalball practice at the Ohio State School for the Blind
  • Attended her first goalball tournament in Michigan as a pool player in 2017, where she fell in love with the sport and the goalball community and has been playing ever since

  • Hobbies include goalball, running, adventuring new places in Columbus, traveling, cooking, and being with friends and family

  • Is left-handed and enjoys a good cup of coffee.

  • One-time Paralympian (2020); One-time Paralympic medalist (silver)
    • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, silver
  • Most recent: 2022 – 6th
  • Years of participation: 2022


"(Goalball) has been able to show me that having a disability is not inferior, it means that I am different and that is OK.
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